American Navy veteran Taylor Dudley has been released from detention in Russia after being held for almost a year, his family’s spokesperson told CNN on Thursday.
Russian border police took Dudley, 35, into custody in April 2022 after he crossed from Poland into Kaliningrad, CNN reported. The Michigan native had been attending a music festival in Poland.
It remains unclear exactly why Dudley crossed the border into Kaliningrad, an exclave territory controlled by Moscow that sits between Lithuania and Poland. The U.S. government has not considered his detainment to be wrongful.